Das Reboot: How German Soccer Reinvented Itself and by Raphael Honigstein

By Raphael Honigstein

“A appealing tale, expertly told.” —Per Mertesacker, Arsenal defender and member of the German nationwide staff, winners of the 2014 global Cup

Estádio do Maracanã, July thirteen, 2014, the final ten mins of additional time on this planet Cup ultimate: German ahead Mario Götze jumps to satisfy a floated move from André Schürrle, cushions the ball together with his chest, and in a single fluid movement volleys the ball earlier the onrushing Argentine goalkeeper into the a ways nook of the web. The objective wins Germany the area Cup for the 1st time in virtually thirty years. because the crowd roars, Götze seems to be dazed, not able to understand what he has done.

In Das Reboot, Raphael Honigstein charts the go back of German football from the dreary performance of the overdue Nineties to Götze’s second of elegant, balletic genius and asks: How did this turn up? the reply takes him from California to Stuttgart, from Munich to the Maracanã, through Dortmund and Amsterdam. choked with specific interviews with key figures, together with Jürgen Klinsmann, Thomas Müller, Oliver Bierhoff, and plenty of extra, Honigstein’s ebook finds the secrets and techniques of German soccer’s success.

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I never took criticism personally. I know how tough it is to change when you feel that you’re doing okay. It was years before I understood the Italian way of thinking, which was completely results-based, for example. They wanted 1-0s, I wanted 4-3s. Then I went to France and England, and it was one culture shock after another for me. German football had its problems. But we were somebody. Did we really have to do things differently all of a sudden? The time Jogi, Oliver and me had spent abroad convinced us that the answer was yes.

You are acrimonious,’ Völler replied. ‘Me? ’ ‘No, not you, Waldi. You sit here comfortably on your sofa having drunk three weissbier, you are very relaxed. ’ ‘I accept that we played a lot of shit in the past,’ Netzer replied after Völler’s outburst, ‘I say that often enough. But the regularity of bad games of Völler’s team is worrying. We used to have poor games, but they were followed by ten outstanding ones. That’s not the case here. We weren’t overly critical either. ’ Völler and his TV critics did agree on one thing at least: Germany’s plight was mainly due to a lack of effort.

There wasn’t too much contact but the Portuguese defender took exception to the German’s somewhat theatrical reaction. As the forward sat on the pitch, clutching his chin, Pepe pushed his forehead down on Müller’s. It wasn’t quite a head-butt but probably warranted a dismissal for rank stupidity. ‘Pepe is a talented provocateur, but Müller got the better of him,’ wrote Süddeutsche. The expulsion had come five minutes after Mats Hummels had doubled Germany’s lead with a well-timed header from a Toni Kroos corner.

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